Future of transportation Early Game Ventures invested in Watto, the company building a network of ultra-fast charging stations for electric vehicles in Central and Southern Europe. We plan to follow up on our investment and grow Watto into a technological backbone of the new electro-mobility industry — a perfect illustration of our Infrastructure for innovation thesis. What we see now happening…
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It is now possible to start a company valued at $1BN from your garage, with no assets and basically no employees. And this company may serve the giants of the corporate world.
We are interested in: cloud, blockchain, electric vehicles, NPL, big data, AI, ML, advertising, professional services, APIs, agritech, fintech, cybersecurity.
In 2020, more than 66% of all people will have online access. That’s an additional 3 billion people that will get access to the internet in the next 3 years, raising the total number of connected population to 5.5 billion.
We are interested in: mobile, marketplaces, the gig economy, e-learning, social platforms, gaming and e-sports, consumer services, adtech, VR, AR, AI.
Hardware & Electronics
Operational costs, fabrication equipment, prototyping, tooling and far-flung production plants are things of the past. Mass customization, wide access to prototyping and cheap marketing channels open the world for makers to turn their passion into a business.
We are interested in: 3D printing, IOT, consumer electronics, hardware and robotics, manufacturing.
Technology is and will be more and more deeply embedded in life. It makes everything easier, cheaper and better.
We are in early-stage venture capital in Romania – we are interested in all sorts of IP-driven businesses in patentable design (fashion, object, industrial), branding, franchises, disaster prevention and resilience, food, shelter, new materials.
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The clauses that I’ll never give up on when discussing an investment Provisions in a term sheet are either about control or valuation. As a side note: these must be in a fine equilibrium for the term sheet to be fair for all parties. If you are so keen on keeping the control as a founder, then you…
Future of payments I am proud to announce Early Game Venture’s investment in SymphoPay, the middleware platform that adds marketing capabilities and analytics to all existing POS devices turning them into actual computers. Here is how we think of the future of payments and why we led SymphoPay’s €650,000 ($750,000) seed round. Technology is reshaping both retail…
An early-stage investor’s perspective on what will happen on the tech stage in Romania this year Several factors are working together towards creating a favorable context for launching a startup in Romania. Firstly, is the recent abundance of VC and PE money: four funds launched in ‘17 and ‘18 and another one or two are…
Not all revenue is good (enough) revenue I start today a series of articles trying to elaborate on concepts that are less understood in the local market. Examples of such concepts are “quality of revenue”, “venture returns”, “vested interests”. Hope this will help founders be better prepared to close their rounds and investors better assess their…
The systemic “chicken and egg problem” in emerging markets and the role of a VC in building future ecosystems. The root of all evil Vicious cycles are endemic in emerging ecosystems — they are the byproduct of systemic deficiencies and make it difficult or even impossible for the emerging ecosystem to grow and develop. Example of…
It could take years of your life. It could burn all your savings. It could ruin your relations or marriage. And yes, no matter how much you will work, you would most probably fail. But whoever you are, the best thing you could do with your life is start a startup. Right now. Part 1:…
On risks versus uncertainty I’ve been on a panel recently and the moderator asked about how we assess risks when making an investment decision. Some of the other VCs in the panel gave technical explanations, talked about valuations and investment criteria. Of course, they were right. But I also think it’s about gut feeling. Matt…
A guide to probably the most difficult decision you may need to make as a founder This is a mantra: “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.” (Wayne Gretzky) It’s true in ice hockey and painfully true when it comes to startups: you can’t win unless you try. So, you try. You make mistakes,…
How to prepare for meeting a VC (a summary of how we look at things). Behold, our book of rules! The “Show some respect” rule First of all, be on time. We’ll probably still spend more time with you than the agreed 30 mins. But you already got red-flagged — see the next rule. Secondly, the…
I recently attended an event hosted by the Bucharest Stock Exchange. The main topic was “investing in start-ups with impact”.
On the counter-cyclic evolution of VC funding in emerging markets